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The Privacy Amendment (Notifiable Data Breaches) Act 2017 (Breach Notification Act) received Royal assent on 22 February.  This means that private sector organisations and Commonwealth Government agencies will have breach reporting obligations that start on Thursday 22 February 2018 (unless the Government chooses to proclaim an earlier commencement). Data breaches which occurred before commencement will not be reportable.

The South Australian Government today announced a new plan to take charge of its energy security and to provide a rapid fix to some of the problems that have plagued the supply of electricity in South Australia over recent months.

On Thursday, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)  issued its final determination to deny authorisation to 16 insurance companies to jointly impose a cap of 20 percent on commissions paid to motor vehicle dealers who sell their add-on insurance products.

A number of new measures were proposed by the Victorian State Government over the weekend relating to stamp duty and property taxes.

Whilst this is also subject to the passing of the State Taxation Acts Amendment Bill 2017, a brief summary is set out below:

State wide changes to the Bushfire Management Overlay (BMO) mapping and the State Planning Policy Framework - Bushfire are proposed to be introduced via a Ministerial amendment.

The Minister for Employment, Senator Michaelia Cash, introduced the Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Bill 2017 (Amendment Bill) on 1 March 2017. The Amendment Bill contains elements of the Liberal Party's "Protecting Vulnerable Workers" Policy that was released just before, and taken to, the last Federal election. The Amendment Bill delivers on an election commitment to ensure workers are protected from exploitative and unfair practices in the workplace.

Updated CPRs apply from today (1 March 2017). 

HWL Ebsworth is proud to have had a number of our Transport team recognised in the latest edition of Doyle's Guide to the Legal Profession, in the areas of Shipping & Maritime and Aviation law in Australia.

All building and construction industry employers must ensure their Enterprise Agreements (EAs) are compliant with the new Building Code 2016 or risk being immediately disqualified from Commonwealth funded building work. 

Owning a registered trade mark is a highly valuable marketing tool for any business, and offers many benefits. Having your brand registered gives a business exclusivity over use of that brand, legal protection against any unauthorised use or imitations, and from 2018, a registered trade mark may potentially give a certain group of holders a tax rebate.

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